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CHS opens league play with victory
Bulldog Jimmy Bates tallied five points, two rebounds and one assist against the Tigers. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball squad set the tone in the first period with a 16-6 run and held on for a 49-39 Western Athletic Conference season-opening win against Los Banos Friday night at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"I didn't expect them to do as well as they did," Bulldogs head coach Julio Marquez said while assessing his team's performance. "They played a complete game."

Ceres High improved to 9-6 and 1-0 in the WAC standings.

The Tigers dropped to 0-1 in league play.

Unstoppable inside, Bulldog forward Harman Chung collected 21 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and one assist.

Abel Reyes had eight points, two rebounds, one steal and one block.

Dylan Canatsy had six points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

Joshneil Sandhu had five points, five rebounds and one steal.

Jimmy Bates had five points, two rebounds and one assist.

Junior Garcia had two points, six rebounds and one steal.

Nick Burt had two points and five rebounds.

"Harman's tall and strong," Marquez said. "He's athletic. He moves pretty well. He has good hands."

Ceres High limited Los Banos to a combined 12 points in the first and third quarters.

"We gave a couple different looks, defensively," Marquez said. "We really work on our rotation. We're athletic and long. That helps out."

The Bulldogs entertained their home fans during the opening week of WAC play.

"The kids were amped up and ready to go," Marquez said. "Our preseason prepared us for league."

Ceres High will play host to Patterson today and Central Valley on Friday. Both games will begin at 7:30 p.m.

"We match up pretty well against both teams," Marquez said.